(Excerpt from upcoming book: Demystifying the Seer by Aspen Morrow)
The Difference between Soul and Spirit
“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23 ESV
In this verse, the body, soul and spirit are distinct and separate, however, in the Greek understanding, soul and spirit were often interchangeable; but in Hebrew thinking, and Biblical accuracy, the Body, Soul & Spirit are three distinct forms, and separate, similar to the function and picture of the Trinity. We are made in His image. Greek and Hebrew thinking are very different. Unfortunately, the western mindset is more linear Greek in nature, and Hebrew and God are very circular in thought.
Another way to look at the difference between the soul and the spirit and the vantage point (like line of sight) each has is in terms of height. Imagine the body, now picture the soul surrounding the body like the term ‘aura’, with an eye in the forehead of the ‘soul’, but with a vantage point to see from a ‘higher perspective’, like in the air, hovering slightly higher than the physical body/realm. Some people call the soul the ‘higher self’.
Satan is the prince of the air, and this is why the eyes of the soul are more prone to seeing things of that realm. Now picture a spirit-man above that, seated both in Heavenly places and on earth at the same time, being able to see far above the soul’s eye, having the advantage point of an eagle. The Kingdom of heaven is at hand, not just ‘higher’, but it is at a higher frequency.
So, when people are confused, or seeing things in the spirit they don’t want to, they need to pray and ask that their third eye be closed. Most people barely have their physical eyes open, let alone both the eye of their soul and the eye of their spirit. The enemy is prince of the air, and the third eye is positioned perfectly to see into the ‘air’, but not ‘seated’ in heavenly places, where it can see the things of God and the Kingdom. I will also cover this more in depth in the Demystifying the Seer & Demystifying Spirit Travel book, and how it differs from astral travel, which is also travel with the soul and not the spirit, and not something Christians should engage in.
If you are not saved, or Born Again, your spirit is still dead in sin. (Ephesians 2:1, Colossians 2:13, Proverbs 21:16, Matthew 8:22, Luke 15:32, John 6:53, Ephesians 5:14)
The soul is made up of your Mind, Will, Emotions, Choices, and is carnal and self-seeking. The spirit, once resurrected with Christ, lives for God, and becomes an active participant in the Kingdom of God.
“For He raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms because we united with Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:6 NLT
We WERE raised up, past tense. Seated. Not “will be seated when we die”. We ARE united with Christ Jesus. Religiously, we know that He lives in us, but we live in Him, in heaven, now. How is that possible? Because He is seated in the Father, and the Father is outside of time and space. He is omnipresent. When we tune into His will, we can see what He sees. This is how the eyes of our heart work. It is like seeing through God’s eye, in Jesus, in us. We can look out the window if His eye, His heart, and see so many wonderful things!
And seated there, there is no fear, of the enemy, or death, or disease, as it is ALL far below our feet, and we can laugh cause Daddy laughs.
“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age, but also in the one to come.” Ephesians 1:19-21 NLT
In an instant, the Holy Spirit healed both my knees!
Laid up in a hotel room on a business trip, legs stretched out in front of me, I had worn out my two injured knees (one damaged in a bad ice-fall and the other hyperextended on a trampoline) walking the hills of San Fransisco the two days’ prior. I have been familiar with lots of energy-type healing, including reiki, in researching modalities for my alternative health book, Med Free Bipolar, but I had never experienced God’s healing touch until this moment. It was like every healing story in the New Testament came alive in my hotel room. It was like I was blind and now I saw!
Watching some Todd White street healing videos, he prayed for some guys’ knee on the street. SO weird, but cool I thought! Then, fire (hot, but not painful) and tingling, came over both my knees at once in a very distinct sensation, and both my knees were healed, instantly, while watching some dude pray for someone else’s knee! The room filled with peace and joy in that moment, like a sliver of Heaven had opened up. I got up, gingerly squatted down without pain, and then looked like a Russian Cossack dancer squatting all over the hotel room testing out my new knees and whooping! No one but the Holy Spirit could have touched my knees to heal them like that! That was in April 2017, and they are still very much healed!
In my book, I try to take a more diplomatic, journalistic (meaning non-biased) approach to talking about reiki, but in my blog, let me make myself very clear: I do NOT like Reiki, and think it comes with a litany of spiritual side effects that Believer’s and non-Beleiver’s should steer very clear from. Comparing that healing to my experiences with reiki are night and day. I can tell when people are using reiki energy on me, I don’t exactly know how to describe it, but I will try. Typically, when someone is using reiki, they will ask permission to touch you, and then may cradle your neck in their hands. When this has happened (when I have unwittingly given permission in a massage, or cranial sacral therapy, or a ‘chiropractic warm-up massage’, I can ‘see’ (as in seeing in the Spirit), a cord being set up, almost like an umbilical cord, burrowing it’s way to attach, and feel tingling or buzzing at the base of my head where I can ‘see’ the cord. Once, after this happened, I took my fingers and symbolically cut it off, rebuking it in the name of Jesus. The tingling and burrowing sensation stopped. Some people may call this a ley-line. I do not have all the answers about these, but I have seen them many times. How do I SEE? I am a biblical SEER, someone who God has opened the Spirit eyes of my heart (as opposed to third-eye soul sight). I also have a very strong Gift of Discerning Spirits, but I am not immune to deception myself, no one is.
Another time I experienced, reiki was incorporated into the session by a cranial sacral therapist, whose intentions were very good, but something came into me, shrouded my brain, and even caused me to physically pass out behind the wheel of my car and hit the person in front of me! I was actually consciously resisting what felt like a veil being lowered inside my brain, right before I lost consciousness! (I know, I am just soooo weird!) This was within just a couple hours of the session, but I knew it was related to my first session with her. From then on, my judgement was so shrouded for the next several months that I kept going back to her like I was addicted, even when my husband insisted for me to have nothing to do with her! I usually trust his judgement, but I became very belligerent and even had some personality changes until I had to undergo a full-on deliverance session with Jesus (that story in my book or other blogs!) So what is Reiki, and how could this happen?
Reiki – According to the dictionary, reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch (or even long-distance), to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.” Reiki incorporates the use of “spirit guides” and “beings of light” to channel this energy through the practitioner into the client.
According to proponents of Reiki, “In treating yourself and others: ‘Reiki psychic surgery can be especially helpful…there are higher sources of help you can call on. Angels, beings of light and Reiki spirit guides as well as your own enlightened self are available to help you. They can help you develop your Reiki practice by directing clients to you and assisting with treatments. They can be of great benefit, but you must have a strong spiritual intention for your work if you are to recruit their aid.'” (www.reiki.org)
Now reiki is “coming standard” as training in most massage schools, and a lot of people who practice massage are also using energy work on you oftentimes without you knowing it. After even being lied to a couple of times, I now have to ask “Oh, do you do Reiki?” in a hopeful tone of voice, or I may just get lied to, only to see/feel it being done to me later (most people can’t feel this like I can).
The history of reiki comes from Buddhist texts, among others, through Dr. Mikao Usui. He was an adopted missionary kid, who was fascinated by Jesus’ power to perform miracles, but instead of seeking the Holy Spirit, he chased after eastern mystic texts, and now Reiki uses occultic symbols, atunements, and invocations of spirit guides.
I have had several experiences with Reiki and not a one of them has been pleasant, but I do know people who have had beautiful and peaceful experiences, although the enemy has quite the false serenity that is very powerful.
Is there such a thing as Christian Reiki? No. I do not believe so, and nor do I believe it should be “redeemed” for the Kingdom. We already have access to the power of the Holy Spirit and partnering with Heaven’s angels who harken to the Word of the Lord. We do not need to invoke other guides, ascended masters, astral beings, higher selfs, or attempt to “redeem reiki”.
Think these are benevolent guides, “of the light”, so they say? I encourage you to read the true story: Betrayed by Her Guardian Angel by Stacie Spielman; here is a little excerpt: “In a state of shock, Eve mouthed Saul’s name, dreading to hear his answer. “Saul?” she said in a quivery voice, “Are you a dark one too?”
“I’m afraid so,” Saul murmured. His voice in Eve’s mind was soft – not loud and insulting as Gideon’s had been. Through her mind’s eye, Eve could see his face with its brown skin and soulful brown eyes. In her mind, he looked the same as before – distinguished yet playful; wise; handsome, with his closely cropped crown of white hair; and oh so very loving. Yet he had just admitted to being a demon! “I wish I could say I weren’t. But I am.”
I do not believe all energy work is bad, however, and things like the BEMER, Riffe machines, sound & frequency devices (like the Qwest and Asyra), tuning forks, and more can have benefits at the cellular level. YHWH spoke us into existence, and science has confirmed that all matter is made up of sound and frequency, I just don’t want a stranger’s spirit guide’s involved in channeling those energies without informed consent.
Want more? Check out this cool video of a Reiki Master turned Street Healer!
Want a reiki-free massage therapist? I know several who opted out of the reiki classes in massage school and were still allowed to graduate, so just ask if you do not want this done to you. But be careful, some of them are very sneaky as I have found out the hard way! Remember, our job is to be discerning, not judging, and if you are someone who practices Reiki, ask the Lord to show you the truth, and the truth will set you free! The Holy Spirit’s healing is complete and does not come with a hidden agenda or price to pay later. Blessings!
Be Salt & Light!